Prince Albert Northcote welcomes Green Party candidate

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Pulling from her personal experiences, Green Party of Saskatchewan candidate Tracey Yellowtail’s campaign platform centres on societal issues.

 

A background with domestic violence and alcohol have spurred her candidacy as the party’s Prince Albert Northcote riding during the next provincial election.

Although she relocated to Regina about 20 years ago, she notes that she spent her first 24 years or so in Prince Albert after her family moved from Wisconsin.

“I got to know the issues of the city -- what was going on there,” she said. “I noticed there was a lot of homelessness and a lot of people being on the streets drinking and just not having any place to go.

“The resources of places that were available to go to weren’t always available. They were either full or they just got turned away for some reason or another.”

Although unable to cite what services the city currently has because she hasn’t been “reading a whole lot on Prince Albert” recently and hasn’t been to Prince Albert “in a couple years,” she said that more social assistance is needed in both the Prince Albert area and the province as a whole.

“Finding a place to live is as difficult down in Regina as difficult as it is in Prince Albert,” she said.

“We’re not trying to tell Prince Albert what to do, we’re trying to help them along to try and make themselves better.”

Party leader Victor Lau said that the party’s ranks are filling out quickly, with at least 40 of their seats unofficially filled, pending finalization.

“We’re on the home stretch,” he said. “I think we’re down to the dirty dozen … This is a first for us -- We’re actually running out of seats.”

I got to know the issues of the city -- what was going on there. I noticed there was a lot of homelessness and a lot of people being on the streets drinking and just not having any place to go. Tracey Yellowtail

Although Yellowtail hasn’t lived in Prince Albert for a couple decades, Lau said that he doesn’t view it as a barrier and that he’s confident she’ll be able to express constituents’ concerns in the Legislative Assembly.

It’s commonplace for Green Party of Saskatchewan candidates to not live in the riding they represent, he said, noting that the person currently under consideration for the Prince Albert Carlton riding does not live in Prince Albert, either.

Like Yellowtail, this candidate has family in Prince Albert, which links them to the city, he said.

The party’s goals when it comes to societal problems like poverty and social services are in line with Yellowtail’s, he said, noting that the party is advocating for a guaranteed livable income.

“Everybody’s really having a hard time maintaining current accommodations or even future accommodations,” he said. “It’s time the government step in and do something -- create more housing.”

Although he party’s environmentalist base tends to focus on the negatives of climate change, Lau said that his goal is to create a more optimistic atmosphere.

“There’s a lot of positives,” he said. “As a party leader, I try to focus on the positives -- where can we find solutions, and I think that’s where we’re catching on.”

Organizations: Prince Albert, Green Party, Legislative Assembly

Geographic location: Regina, Wisconsin

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